Some 200 men and women, mostly Papua New Guineans, who worked on the refurbishment of the National Museum & Art Gallery were recognised and commended for the successful delivery of this major project.
Akey part of the National Museum & Art Gallery upgrade was the transfer of skills to Papua New Guineans on this highly unique project. Around 200 local construction workers and specialist trades were engaged in the project through 34 local businesses and suppliers, and nine international companies.
During a BBQ held on the grounds of the museum, certificates of appreciation were presented to construction and museum staff who worked tirelessly to transform the building into a world-class facility.
Australian High Commission, Minister Counsellor Andrew Egan, thanked staff for their contribution to preserving and promoting Papua New Guinea’s rich cultural identity.
“Each of you were engaged at different stages during the construction phase which commenced in January, this year,” said Mr Egan.
The result is a world class museum showcasing artifacts and artworks from all of Papua New Guinea’s 22 provinces. On Monday 15 October, the building reopen edits doors to the public and has since welcomed more than 2,500 visitors.
The refurbishment was supported through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership and involved upgrading four of the museum’s five gallery spaces and external entry area.